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October 14, 2009        Contact: Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

U of M Law Student Wins Sandra Day O’Connor Scholarship

Diana M. Comes, a second-year student at the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, has been awarded the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Scholarship from the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ). Named for the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, the scholarship honors the core values of O’Connor's life – scholarship, leadership, and a commitment to public service and equal justice.

Comes will receive the award at a luncheon Thursday at The Peabody as part of the NAWJ’s annual conference.

“It is an honor to be recognized, and I am thrilled to get to meet Justice O’Connor at the keynote luncheon,” said Comes. “I hope that by my winning the award, a larger message will be sent about the quality of our School of Law and about the opportunities our students are encouraged to take advantage of.  I feel very fortunate to have the mentorship and encouragement that I have both in the law school and in the Memphis legal community.”

Comes is a member of the University of Memphis Law Review and an executive board member of the student chapter of the Association for Women Attorneys. She also has received the Cecil C. Humphreys Fellowship, the Law Alumni Honors Board Scholarship, and the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award.

Judge La Tia Martin of the New York Supreme Court and president of the National Association of Women Judges; Ms. Diana Comes, O'Connor Scholarship recipient; and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

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